Trogir – Marked by masters
Due to its geographical position, Trogir has always been the perfect place for living. With its naturally protected port, many springs of drinking water, fertile soil in the hinterland and stone from local quarries, Trogir has been inhabited for more than 3, 600 years. This inspiring Mediterranean city has attracted many great masters ever since the time of the ancient Greeks. These masters lived in Trogir and created some of their most famous masterpieces here. Various artists, writers, craftsmen and travelers found their inspiration in Trogir and have left behind numerous marks of their work.
The City that leaves an indelible mark
Trogir is the City of Masters, the city which slowly but convincingly pulls us into an enchanted labyrinth of beauty, into narrow stone streets made of yellow smooth stone. The colours of the stone remind us of the colours of the warm, afternoon sun.
This City of Masters began its master story with the portal of Master Radovan, Muscardelli, Aleši, Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin, Firentinac and Duknović. These masters marked a turning point in the history of Trogir, placing it at the very top of the art world. The Romanesque art of Radovan’s portal describes the humanistic truth of redemption and shows us that good and love always outweigh evil.
Signs or marks that the masters have left will never be forgotten. They bear witness to the fact that these people were not only creating here, as can be seen in their numerous works, but also that they were enjoying life, as shown by the various games carved around the Church of St. John the Baptist and at the entrance of the Cathedral.
The masters’ signs invite us to discover and explore. They arouse curiosity and with each new discovery we feel happiness and contentment. In these signs we will find the pieces of life and struggle against oblivion, but also the personal signs of masters who wanted to mark their autorship over particular building or sculpture.
Once we visit Trogir, we create the memories that we will always carry in our hearts.
Marked by Masters
In its cobbled streets, Trogir preserves numerous traces of local and foreign masters that are just waiting to be discovered. Skilfully carved into the stone facades of the city, seemingly insignificant notches, dents, dashes, crescents, flowers, leaves and twigs, axes, blueprints and merels are revealed only to the keen eye of a curious observer. In these marks one can see all the richness of art and the joys of everyday life in Trogir.
Trogir is a unique example in the history of European architecture and it is the city with the largest number of such stone signs or marks in Europe. Each mark carries its own meaning. Some of them mark the end of the costruction, some of them represent the personal signature of the master and some are engraved votive prayers. The masters also carved games into stone, like chess and merel, that were used for entertainment during the construction break.
Discrete, but yet so powerful, these marks in stone can be seen on the facades and interior walls of the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence and Church of Saint John the Baptist.
Historical and cultural monuments in Trogir
Over the centuries, Trogir has turned into a magnificent treasury with many historical and cultural monuments, so UNESCO placed it on the list of protected cultural sites in 1997.
In the past, Trogir was always very attractive to many different rulers. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Hungarian-Croatian rulers, Venetians, Napoleon and Habsburgs, all claimed this unique city. Each epoch has left its mark, but during the reign of the Venetian Republic, the city experienced its cultural flourish. Many monuments were built and some of the most famous masters created their masterpieces in Trogir. These masterpieces leave an indelible mark on every visitor. Besides the Cathedral, the most famous monument in Trogir is the Kamerlengo fortress.
For more details, brochures and tour advices, feel free to step in the Tourist Board of Trogir, set on the main square.
Island of Čiovo
If you are looking for a place for active holidays, island Čiovo is the ideal destination. Connected with a bridge with Trogir, this picturesque island has many beaches and will easily invite you to escape to the peaceful world of lush and rich Mediterranean vegetation, where only the song of numerous crickets can be heard.
Enjoy in cycling and hiking trails that are longer than 70 km and stretch along the entire island and offer stunning views of the islands Šolta, Vis, Hvar and Brač.
Drvenik islands and Blue lagoon
The Drvenik islands have always belonged to Trogir, and they can be reached with a ferry. This small archipelago is full of smaller islands emerging from the blue sea and is a widely known destination for rest, recreation and daily trips. The islands are full of beautiful paradise beaches and bays. The most famous beach is the Blue Lagoon near Krknjaši on the southern side of Drvenik Veli, which is the ideal place for anchoring and diving.
Due to its geographical position and archipelago with many small islands, Trogir is the ideal port for nautical tourism. Trogir offers modern marinas and a large number of berths so it is your ideal starting point if you want to explore the Adriatic sea.
Split Airport is only a few kilometers away, while the Port of Split is only a 30-minute drive from the city and is an ideal starting point for exploring all the central Dalmatian islands.